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Preparation for the CFCM Exam

Notice to CFCM Candidates:

The CFCM Examination covers FAR changes through Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 2005-57. We recommend that you purchase the CFCM Study Guide, 2nd Edition.

The amount of time candidates spend preparing for the CFCM exam really depends on their familiarity with the materials and experience in contract management. Some people are better test takers than others, so prep time varies!

NCMA Books

CFCM Study Guide, Second Edition: $90 (Member Price $75)

Desktop Guide to Basic Contracting Terms, 7th Edition: $50 (Member Price $40)


Practice Exam

The exam costs $25 for 50 multiple choice questions. There is no time limit and you will see the results from your practice exam upon completion.

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Online Preparatory Course

This 10-week online, instructor-led program is the most convenient and affordable method to prepare for your exam. With just two hours of class time per week, this program fits well into your busy schedule to give you the comprehension you need to take the 150-question CFCM exam. This course includes weekly reading assignments, discussion board postings, class sessions, and end-of-week practice exams. NCMA offers this course quarterly, and usually sells out quickly since it is limited to 25 participants. To get on the waiting list and receive the announcement for the course please email

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Chapter Study Group

NCMA offers a chapter study guide which is intended to help you in organizing group studies, but it is relevant even if you are simply a group of one.

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